Press Release – 6 July 2006
LS LOWRY’S WORK BROUGHT TO LIFE BY
RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY
WORLD PREMIERE: 27 SEPTEMBER 2006, THE LOWRY, SALFORD
Rambert Dance Company is proud to launch the autumn-tour of its 80th anniversary year with the world première of a new work by Darshan Singh Bhuller. The work has been specially commissioned by The Lowry, Salford to mark 30 years since the death of artist LS Lowry and opens there on Wednesday 27 September 2006 before forming the backbone of Rambert’s touring repertoire.
Darshan Singh Bhuller comes fresh from his acclaimed leadership of Phoenix Dance Theatre to create his first work for Britain’s oldest dance company. His vision for the new piece is to capture the essence of Lowry’s art and worldview within the music, design and choreography, creating a sensory feast for both dance and art enthusiasts alike. It is reported that LS Lowry loved the ballet and even saw Rambert perform in the 1960s, making this a particularly fitting tribute to his work.
“My approach to this work will be to abstract the emotions and intent behind Lowry¹s paintings. Vertical and horizontal lines, white negative space, over-populated landscapes – these elements combined with Bartók’s dark, but driven music, and the physicality of Rambert’s dancers will serve to create an abstract montage of Lowry's life and art.”
Darshan Singh Bhuller, Choreographer
The new work will be created to Béla Bartók’s Sonata for Two Pianos and Percussion, which will be performed live by Rambert’s award-winning Associate Orchestra London Musici, conducted by Rambert’s Music Director, Paul Hoskins. Darshan was keen to find a score that would play an active part in the creation of the choreography, and was drawn to Bartók’s music because, as Darshan observes, “it has a dramatic and moody power which lends itself to Lowry’s tone, I think”.
Designer Craig Givens and Darshan have been working closely together, to craft an exciting visual backdrop. By drawing on colours, techniques and reoccurring images particularly favoured by LS Lowry, this abstract environment will provide the canvas on which Darshan can layer his choreographic landscapes. Lit by one of the most skilled lighting designers in the business – John B Read – this new work will be created for a large number of Rambert’s exceptionally versatile dancers.
This new commission forms an important part of Rambert’s constantly expanding repertoire. Not only does it embrace all elements of the production tools available – echoing the core artistic values instilled by Marie Rambert in 1926 – but it demonstrates the scale and vision of Rambert’s work that makes it such a dynamic force in the British dance industry. Mark Baldwin’s choice of choreographer in Darshan Singh Bhuller is active proof of Rambert’s long-term commitment to the development of British-based choreographers.
The Lowry in Salford is a unique venue for visual and performing arts, presenting a dynamic and award-winning programme in both its galleries and theatres. Rambert Dance Company is especially proud that it was chosen for the commission. Not only is The Lowry one of Britain’s major cultural organisations, but the opportunities for both parties to strengthen their relationship and extend the creative possibilities are invaluable.
Rambert’s relationship with Manchester dates back to 1931, when the Company first branched out of London in a regional tour. As Britain’s flagship for modern dance, this timely collaboration with The Lowry, Salford is an important reminder of Rambert’s commitment to increasing audiences for dance across the UK. The results of this collaboration will be seen around the country during Rambert’s autumn tour, appearing in Salford, Norwich, High Wycombe, London, Woking and Plymouth.
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Notes to Editors
Rambert Dance Company presents New Work by Darshan Singh Bhuller at The Lowry, Salford
Wednesday 27 – Saturday 30 September 2006
Performances at 7.30pm
Tickets: £13.50 – £21.50
Box Office: 0870 787 5790
Full programme also includes A Steel Garden (Bruce) and Constant Speed (Baldwin)
Sign Language-interpreted performance and pre-performance talk on Thursday 28 September
New Work Touring Schedule, Autumn 2006
1 – 4 October Norwich Theatre Royal
11 – 14 October Wycombe Swan, High Wycombe
14 – 18 November Sadler’s Wells, London
30 Nov – 2 December New Victoria Theatre, Woking
6 – 9 December Theatre Royal, Plymouth
RAMBERT DANCE COMPANY is the oldest dance company in Britain, having been established in 1926 by Polish dance teacher Marie Rambert, and celebrates its 80th anniversary in 2006. It is also Britain’s flagship for modern dance, employing a larger group of artists than any other in the UK. Under its Artistic Director Mark Baldwin, Rambert Dance Company tours throughout the United Kingdom and internationally with a wide spectrum of large-scale repertoire, including both new commissions and works from the Company’s heritage. It provides a showcase for British choreography, developing a steady stream of exceptional choreographic talent and creating opportunities for work to be seen on the large scale. Classical ballet and contemporary dance are taught side by side. Collaborations with other art-forms are encouraged. Rambert Dance Company performs to over 50,000 people each year and reaches over 8,000 individuals through its extensive education programme.
DARSHAN SINGH BHULLER most recently spent four years as Artistic Director of Phoenix Dance Theatre (2002-2006). His acclaimed leadership greatly improved the company’s repertoire, its standards of performance and its national and international profile. He has created and directed works for a number of British and international companies including London Contemporary Dance Theatre, CandoCo, Nordic Dance Theatre, CeDeCe, Companhia de Bailado Contemporaneo (Portugal) and most recently Phoenix Dance Theatre. His own company, Singh Productions toured to critical acclaim with Planted Seeds and Recall and in 2000, Darshan created Sita, a duet for Irek Mukhamedov and Company.
Set in a magnificent waterside location at the heart of Manchester’s thrilling new leisure destination, The Quays, The Lowry is an architectural flagship bringing together a wide variety of performing and visual arts under one roof. The Lowry is a waterfront home for the arts, entertainment and innovation. Free to enter and open all day, every day, The Lowry is there to be discovered, explored and enjoyed by everyone. Donations are encouraged to support the Galleries and the care of the LS Lowry Collection. The Lowry arts complex is located just 1.5 miles from Manchester city centre (linked via the Metrolink tram system), less than a mile from the M602, connecting it with the national motorway system and just 20 minutes drive from Manchester Airport.
The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays M50 3AZ
Information & Box Office Telephone 0870 787 5793
Laurence Stephen Lowry was born in Manchester in 1887. In his late years he became a popular celebrity and was also preoccupied about whether his art would last. “Will I live?” he asked over and over again. In the year before he died, he was given an Honorary Doctorate by both the University of Salford and the University of Liverpool. He died in his 88th year on 23rd February, 1976 at Woods Hospital, Glossop, just months before a retrospective exhibition opened at the Royal Academy. It broke all attendance records for a twentieth century artist.